Stefano Casati is gushing about the opening of his modern Italian restaurant in Lincoln Park. Now officially known as Casati’s Pizza Vino, the restaurant should debut on August 15 at the corner of Clark and Fullerton at the former Standard Market Grill. Casati arrived from Italy six years ago and worked for Phil Stefani’s Signature Restaurants before deciding to open his own eatery at 444 W. Fullerton Parkway.
It’s been two months since Casati provided an update on his plans, but if he has his way, his new restaurant will give Chicago pizza tourists a new stop on their food crawls. He touts his thin crust pizzas as something the city has never seen. He’s importing the flour from Italy and feels the crusts are truly unique.
“It’s going to be lighter,” Casati said. “You don’t have to be in a food coma after enjoying Italian food.”
Casati reiterated he wants to bring a modern take on Italian food to Chicago, presenting a more accurate take on what restaurants in his native country serve right now. Casati also has a well-known chef working on the menu. Christian Fantoni, who worked at RPM Italian and Phil Stefani’s 437 Rush, has accepted the job. He’s from the same area in Italy where Casati emigrated. Casati is quiet about what menu’s specifics, wanting to make a big unveil right before the restaurant opens.
The restaurant’s opening date will give Lincoln Parkers watching this year’s Chicago Air & Water Show a new option. The show kicks off on August 18 and Lake Michigan is a short walk from the restaurant. Check back later in the month for additional coverage.